Banks, currency and credit cards
Visitors to Oaxaca can access the ATM at Bancomer which are available with the PLUS and CIRRUS systems, these systems offer menus in Spanish and English. Most currencies can be changed at exchange houses. Although the US Dollar is accepted in most places we recommend using the Mexican Peso. Remember that hotels provide the lowest exchange rates and even lower for travellers checks.
In Oaxaca casual dress is appropriate for almost all occasions. In general, the climate in Oaxaca State is hot with the exception Oaxaca City in the winter, when a sweater might be needed. also in other regions high in the Oaxacan mountains. There are some customs in particular with relation to the "proper attire" for certain times and places:
Do not forget to pack:
Travelling with infants and young children should not be a problem. Mexicans adore children and are accustomed to seeing them in restaurants and hotels. Bring your own baby food, diapers and medicine. These are available and cheap in Mexico but may not be of equal quality. It's easy to get nannies especially among hotel housekeepers. Generally not speaking English, but this does not seem to bother the children. Check with reception for details. Now many hotels offer programs for children, and that allows parents to enjoy a peaceful vacation time.
Facilities for disabled travellers in Mexico have improved, although the lack of ramps, elevators and sidewalks with plenty of concrete stairs can make the trip to Mexico a bit difficult. However, in Oaxaca City there is an association called the State Council of Organizations of People with Disabilities BC, the President is Mr. Cornelius Nuñez Díaz and the phone number is (951) 3 83 79. They will assist and inform you if you have any questions.
Immediately report any theft or anomaly in services: